Kaduna State government yesterday unveiled its new primary healthcare law.
Addressing the second Kaduna State Healthcare Partners’ Summit, Governor Nasir el-Rufai commended the state’s House of Assembly for the speedy passage of the law.
According to the governor, the new law would permit the state to organise its primary healthcare activities under one roof, adding that implementation of the law would transfer workers in primary healthcare centres from local governments to the state’s civil service.
El-Rufai said: “When we had the first summit on June 16, 2015, our young government was delighted by the turnout and your willingness to work with us. Health is one of the priority sectors for this government, and I must thank you for sharing our goal to deliver for Kaduna State citizens a better health and longer life expectancy.
“During the first summit, we shared with you some of the dismal indices of our state in infant and maternal mortality, malaria treatment, measles vaccination and HIV/AIDS prevalence. We did that not for purposes of pointless lamentation, but to underline the scale of the challenge and our duty to deliver better healthcare outcomes to our people.”
“One of our key goals is to place our state in the top tier for healthcare delivery. Participants responded positively to our request for coordination and collaboration among partners and donors to support our government’s healthcare programme.
“Since then, our state House of Assembly has passed a law to place primary healthcare under one roof. We have advanced the partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Dangote Foundation close to the implementation phase. We have been prompt in making our counterpart funding available for health programmes. The 2015 workplace with UNICEF is proceeding.
“Our MoU with GE Healthcare has reached costing level, and both parties are ready to deliver modernised 255 primary healthcare centres, one in each ward, in 2016.”